Last year while I was looking for Christmas nail art inspiration I came across this gorgeous cardinal manicure at Nailed Daily and fell totally in love. I wanted to try it immediately! I'd only just barely begun trying to paint things that looked like actual things, though, so I bookmarked it with a little wishful thinking and said, "Maybe next year..." Then I was reminded of it a couple of days ago and thought, "Ohai, next year! Let's go for it." I mean, worst case scenario, it's awful, and we pretend it never happened. But I was pleasantly surprised!
This is quite possibly my favourite manicure I have ever done. I mean, the thing looks like an actual thing! This makes me so giddy I can not even. Tons of room for improvement, sure, whatever, but I literally did a stampy little happy dance. Even my sadness at being near the end of this bottle of China Glaze Sea Spray did not diminish my glee at painting an actual thing. Thank you acrylic paint, Orly striper, and hand-cut little paintbrushes! (And of course, Nailed Daily for the wonderful inspiration.)
Even if this isn't an overtly "Christmas" design, it
absolutely is to me because of my grandmothers. Every year I hang a
cardinal on my tree. He actually came as a gift, from my Gam's tree to
mine, and he reminds me of all the Christmases when I was little, when
the trees at my grandparents' houses were the biggest, most beautiful,
most brilliantly sparkling things in the whole wide world. I didn't know then that a cardinal on your Christmas tree is meant to bring good luck
for the coming year, but Gam and Grandmama both had cardinals; therefore,
cardinals equaled Christmas.
I really hated to take these off. I loved them so, so much, and they were so much fun to do! I think winter berries might just become my "off-season" cherry blossom nail art. (^_^)
Merry Christmas, everyone!